Friday, September 30, 2011

Go Ask Alice

Anonymous.  Go Ask Alice.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1971.  Print.


2003 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults


A teenage girl records her struggles to overcome her drug addiction and establish an identity.


The diarist feels pressure to fit in at school and so accidentally tries drugs for the first time at a party.  From this point on, the girl struggles with her addiction – at times giving in and embracing it, while at others working hard to break free from the cycle.  She chronicles her journey of self-discovery and speaks to the process of growing into her own in this coming of age piece.

Her insightful and poignant entries call out to and draw readers in, reminding them that the unnamed diarist could be anyone.  Essentially, Go Ask Alice is the story of a girl grappling with life and the consequences of her decisions until her death three weeks after ending her diary.  It is at times frightening, overwhelming and sad, yet it also showcases the diarist’s courage and determination.

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